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2nd Week of November 2022

November 12th, 2022

Inside My Favorite Manuscript
Launching November 15th, a new podcast from Dot Porter of the Schoenberg Institute at Penn. The first episode features guest Allie Alvis of Type Punch Matrix Books. I can’t wait to hear it!

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The expenses of Queen Eleanor of Castile
As part of its ongoing Medieval and Renaissance Women digitization project, the British Library has digitized a manuscript documenting the expenses of Queen Eleanor of Castile from September 1289 to December 1290.

The first page of Eleanor’s wardrobe account: Add MS 35294, f. 3r


Fancy things: Cataloguing the Tercentennial Collection
The Bodleian reopens some of the presents it got for its 300th birthday in 1902 from libraries around Europe.

Scrolls making up the Tercentenary Rolls collection


1880s Chemistry Set of Harmon Cozzens
Columbia RBML acquires a chemistry set used by one of the students in its School of Mines in the late 19th century. This is one item you’ll be handling with gloves in the reading room, as it contains a number of substances you don’t want to get on your hands.

Harmon Cozzens’ Chemistry set


Code Cracking in the Tinder Postcard Collection
Knowledge of the “Pigpen Cipher” makes it possible to decode a 1911 romantic message from Myrtle to Leon.

3 Responses to “2nd Week of November 2022”

  1. Molly said:

    I like this format!!

  2. Deborah Furchtgott said:

    This is delightful. I’m just doing a unit on code breaking– well, the women code breakers of WWII — but I think I’ll bring this in, too!

  3. Colleen Theisen said:

    This format is delightful and I am so glad you’re doing this.

    I appreciate especially the tiny diary that I would not have otherwise seen.


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